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Governor Brian Kemp Champions Nuclear Power and Clean Energy Jobs at World Economic Forum

FILE - Nuclear reactors and cooling towers of the four units of Plant Vogtle, a nuclear plant near Waynesboro, Ga., are shown on July 31, 2023. Georgia Power Co. announced Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, that Unit 4, at far right, is loading fuel, with the aim of sending power to the grid reliably by March 2024. Unit 4 and the now-operating Unit 3 and Unit 4 are the first new American reactors built from scratch in decades. (Arvin Temkar/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
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FILE - Nuclear reactors and cooling towers of the four units of Plant Vogtle, a nuclear plant near Waynesboro, Ga., are shown on July 31, 2023. Georgia Power Co. announced Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, that Unit 4, at far right, is loading fuel, with the aim of sending power to the grid reliably by March 2024. Unit 4 and the now-operating Unit 3 and Unit 4 are the first new American reactors built from scratch in decades. (Arvin Temkar/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Nuclear power was a recurring theme of Governor Kemp’s pitch to global leaders at the World Economic Forum this week. The governor, who attended the conference in Switzerland for a second year in a row touted the state’s two new reactors, the first built from scratch in the U.S. in 30 years.

Although costly and much delayed, Kemp said the reactors have become a central part of Georgia’s efforts to recruit clean energy jobs. During an interview from Davos with the AJC, Kemp also expressed confidence in the resilience of the electric vehicle industry despite a recent slowdown in sales, though he has told the AJC that he worries the “window” for new green energy jobs in Georgia could be closing.

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